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    Steph's Sketchbook

    Practicing sketching ships from photos... (since I have no access to a real life ship)

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    Critiques welcome on anything I'll post in my sketchbook. Red Liners/ Draw-overs appreciated. Thoughts welcome.

    Still very shy about posting anything that isn't my cartoon/manga art but I've decided to suck it up.

    I'm a bit more then out of practice.. but been trying to catch up this last year in my spare time.
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    I think this is nice. Maybe that thing on the mast, the watching post (i dunno nautical terms) should suggest more the spacial view. I mean it looks flat, like a plane. It does not have a 3D look that's what i mean. Also some of the masts look too thick. Anyways, for a first post this is really nice. Post more of this, don't get discouraged.
    Check put my schetchbook if you please
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    I think you mean the Crow's Nest.

    Thank you very much. I see what you mean after looking again. Appreciate it.

    Will work on that in future attempts.
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    Manga Academy Homework - Line Art Application

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    That lineart stuff looks real nice! The marker catches my eye. Did you draw these from life?

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    No. The Manga Acacemy assignment was to draw line art of objects from a familiar manga (I had an old issue of Ranma 1/2 in my closet I fished out for this one) as an excercise to better pay attention to line work and how depth is created in a simple but effective manner in manga and in cartoons/graphic art in general. It did what the assignment outline said it would do.. I started noticing all these things I didn't before when looking at various items more closely in the book and deciding which ones to try out that I could see close enough to focus on imitating the line quality.
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    Nice studies! The lineart pieces are very nicely done. I'd love to see some studies from life from you.

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    Good studies. Keep it up.
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    Before bed time loosening up.. quick sketching...

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    I've been doing this every night before going to sleep to unwind. I pick a sound track or classical piece.. something with no words so it's not distracting.. and then just real quick try to draw a few things I think of while listening to 2 or 3 songs from the C.D. Tonight I picked Lemony Snicket's "Series of Unfortunate Events" soundtrack and immeaditley thought of the "the eye" that is associated with Count Olaf and his acting troupe. Lot's More stuff tomorrow. Was gonna post it tonight but I can't figuire out how to work the digital camera and the stuff I worked on today is on paper to large for my 8 1/2 by 11 scanner.

    Simon -n- Lotekk: Thanks Guys. I appreciate the feedback. As for the life studies request, duely noted. I am planning on doing some sketches of my nieces soon as my next attempt at observance of actual people/figuire drawing.. there 3 and I've been advised to start with children so it's not overwhelming, because drawing people in realism for me.. is not.. exactly.. my strong.. point... *ehhemIreallysuckatitcough* but currently my focus is on learning to draw boats, ships, and classic cars because of the appearances they'll be making in my next graphic novel.. so I have to really focus on learning how to draw them decently by the end of the month.. I'm not very familiar with boats or cars so expect to see ALOT or practice with those in here in the next couple of weeks. Sorry if that sounds really boring.. but please keep coming back and visiting and letting me know what you think! THANKS! ^^;;;;;;;;;;;;
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    Hi Miss Celeste, cool sketches in here. Really nice manga drawings. Especially the last one. Hope to see more of your sketches. Welcome to CA!

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    More Ship Study

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    Note: This was drawn from looking at a photograph of the HMS Rose because it is replica of a war/battle ship and I am trying to experiment to make an original ship for the villain of my comic. (Thought a war ship would be fitting for him) I altered the photo reference back to old skool (1700's-1800's) style ship fixings (they dont make them entirely out of wood anymore even when there replicas of antiques for preservation purposes) and tried to alter the figuire head as well because I didn't just want that lion icon the Rose had.. I wanted the Lion to look demonic and devouring a mermaid to symbolize the owner of the ship. Not happy with how it came out. I can't seem to figuire out how to make the lion still look traditional but evil. It just looks.. stupid.. to me. Could deff. use some suggestions/critiques on how to make it better. Also I seem to mess up more on my line quality the closer up I draw ships. What does this mean? Is this a good indicator of some of my weaknesses?

    "Anime Punch" Convention Mascot conceptuals

    Initial rough sketch

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    Not sure what I want for Ann's hair...

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    Desc. from convention staff reads....


    The Girls:
    Both girls are karate white-belts with a traditional karate uniform. Below are the guidelines that must be met. Otherwise, the style is up to you!

    Ann
    17–19 years old, straight blue/black hair. She is more serious and quiet, but by no means short tempered or angry. She uses either a long Japanese sword, or dual pistols.

    Penny
    11–13 years old. More energetic and outgoing, but not hyper or idiotic. Penny has brown pigtails, freckles, and a smile. She tends to tie the top for her uniform around her waist. Her weapons of choice are handfuls of knives or bombs that she flings in the general direction of whoever she is fighting.

    Concept One

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    Concept Two

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    After speaking to convention chair about concepts and any changes wanted/needed before creating the convention booklet cover, he said...

    Remember, our con is gritty and edgy, and our mascots should reflect that! They've grown up in the harshest of conditions!


    Thoughts on how to make them... grittier and edgier.. ? hmmm...

    Houkocon Convention Mascots (rough sketch based off of file below, from con chair.)

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...atevsNinja.jpg

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    (This one is REALLY rough sketch, making up the costume as I went along becasue the only reference image I have *above* doesn't do much but indicate there hair and eye color and basically what color scheme there going for. Several more concepts of this on the way.)

    Persacon "Weekend in Gion" First Concept (based off the below reference image from con chair)

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ogirlsmall.jpg

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    More to come. Still haven't gotten hold of that digital camera for larger works.

    Feedback/thoughts/critiques/suggestions (as always) greatly appreciated.
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    The problem with the mascots as they are now is that they do not really say 'gritty and edgy', more 'cute and shiny'. How to fix? Well to start with, try different expressions, anger, rage etc. Narrow the eyes lots, like this maybe.
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    If they've grown up in the 'harshest possible conditions', then they should show it. Rough up their clothes, have rougher hair, scars, eyepatches etc. Really push the designs more, take them beyond the cutesy shoujo look. SHow their weapons too, place them in dynamic action poses etc.
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    Another thing that comes to mind is that the two girls' faces look exactly the same. They have the same eyes, same shape, same expressions. Body wise, there is nothing that displays the age difference. If Penny is pre-pubescent, then she needs less of a figure, smaller breasts (if any). Her youth may be emphasised by a having a proportionately larger head.
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    Well I'm not allowed to change the basic apperance requirements they gave me, which is that neitehr of them have scars or eyepatches or anything like that. I can prob. use the rest. Thanks for the thoughts Simon and the quick sketch. Deff. gonna keep your words in mind.


    Off to sketch it out. Hopefully it'll get done tonight.

    (stuck babysitting my nieces today so it's hard to stay focused )

    Thank you for your help!

    EDIT: Oh, and there sisters. They requested I make them look similar, but with the feature requirements.

    Do you think it is TOO similar... even for sisters?

    The "get rid of any semblence of a chest on Penny" was an after thought for me too, so deff. gonna do that.

    (Notice as the conceptuals progressed I shrank it a bit more each time until I realized she prob. just shouldn't have em period)
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    Do their outfits need to be white? Darker colours could help with grit and edge.
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